A major milestone in CentrePort’s regeneration has been achieved with the Thorndon Container Wharf Reinstatement Project extended berth now operational.

On 10 March, the 262-metre operational length of TCW went live, with the Tianjin Bridge the first ship to benefit from the expanded operational length.

Representatives of the project team gathered at dawn for a blessing ceremony led by Kaumatua Peter Jackson representing the local Mana Whenua Taranaki Whanui.

The project has expanded the operational length of CentrePort’s ship-to-shore cranes from 125 metres to 262 metres. This significantly improves productivity as the cranes can now work the entire length of a ship without having to move the vessel, boosting their container services capacity.

Major ground resilience works were also undertaken, enhancing this significant asset that benefits the central New Zealand economy.

The project is the culmination of several years of work following the Thorndon Container Wharf being badly damaged in the November 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake. Emergency repairs completed in just 10 months restored 125 metres of berth in 2017. Following the finalisation of insurance in late 2019, the reinstatement and resilience works commenced in 2020.

The successful completion of this major project would not have been possible without the great work of CentrePort’s people, and partners including Holmes, HEB Construction, Dixon & Dunlop, WSP and Downer.

You can see a video about the project here